Love music and festivals? Want to see the biggest, best and award winning artists? From GRAMMY winning acts, NME triumphs and stand out Grime successes at the MOBO’s, to DJ champions topping the annual polls there’s certainly something for everyone this festival season. Take an extended trip and get your fix of music and sunshine to see your favourite artist in a magical location in the mountains, in a fortress, on an island or on a beach. Here’s our guide to where to see the best award winning artists this summer!
Skepta at Snowbombing
4-9 April 2016
Since his 2007 debut album, Greatest Hits, MC and producer Joseph Junior Adenuga, AKA Skepta, has continued to lead the charge for the London grime scene. Throw-back anthem “That’s Not Me” propelled him back into the limelight last year, closely followed by Shutdown, which won best song at the 2015 MOBO Awards. And when it comes to live shows, there’s no-one more commanding on the mic. From the moment he steps on stage at Snowbombing 2016, Skeppy’s uncompromising sound and lyrical energy are guaranteed to get the entire crowd jumping. With The Prodigy, Jungle, Bastille, Fatboy Slim, Sven Väth, Netsky and Oliver Heldens also confirmed, Snowbombing 2016 is set to be one of the most exciting editions to date.
Tale of Us at Caprices
7-10 April 2016
Crans Montana, Switzerland
Italian duo Tale Of Us took the number 1 spot in the Mixmag Top 10 DJs list of 2015 for their game-changing sound with deeply moving, emotional electronic music. Don’t miss them perform at Caprices this year, along with many of the biggest names in house and techno including Ricardo Villalobos, Nina Kraviz, Maceo Plex and Jamie Jones. The Swiss slopes are set for another unmissable party.
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike at Exit Festival
7-10 July 2016
Petrovaradin Fortress , Novi Sad, Serbia
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike topped this year’s DJ Magazine Top 100 and will be bringing their unique blend of Smashin’ House to the legendary Dance Arena. In 2010, when brothers Dimitri and Michael Thivaios were first selected to pen the Tomorrowland anthem, world domination slowly but surely followed, for both the brothers and the festival. Other award winning acts playing at EXIT are Stormzy, who took home 2 awards at the recent MOBO awards winning the title for ‘Best Grime Act’ and ‘Best Male Act’ and Robin Schulz who won a European Border Breaker Award. EXIT welcomes a diverse mix of musical genres that also boasts the likes of hip hop hero Wiz Khalifa, pop superstar Ellie Goulding, much loved indie rockers Bastille as well as some of the biggest names in electronic music such as Solomun, Nicky Romero & James Zabiela.
Wolf Alice at Positivus
15-17 July 2016
Alt-rockers Wolf Alice have earned themselves a reputation for their incendiary live performances and after being nominated for ‘Best Rock Performance’ at the Grammys the four-piece band from North London won two NME awards for ‘Best Live Band’ and ‘Best Track’. Another award winning artist at Positivus will be Seinabo Sey who is the European Border Breakers Awards winner from Sweden. Other artists heading to Positivus for it’s 10th anniversary in 2016 are Ellie Goulding, Richard Hawley, John Newman, C Duncan, Mercury Rev and San Fermin and many more.
Dixon at Oasis
16-18 September 2016
Dixon, co-founder of the formidable Innervisions label, is set to headline Oasis festival this year! The German producer’s distinctive sound and unwavering popularity has seen him take the #1 spot in the Resident Advisor DJ Poll three years in a row and his set is sure to be a festival highlight. Other acts bound for Morocco’s Oasis Festival include Derrick May, Tale of Us, The Black Madonna, Bicep and Hunee.
So, where will we be seeing you this summer? ;)